UN: Targeting Syrian hospitals may amount to war crimes

Recent bombings of Syrian hospitals seem to be part of a military tactic and could amount to war crimes, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville says.

There are clear indications that the attacks were not carried out by mistake, the spokesman of the UN high commissioner for human rights says a day after nearly 50 people were killed when missiles hit Syrian hospitals and schools.

"The sheer scale of the attacks shows that it may well be a tactic of war," he tells reporters.

"The deliberate targeting of hospitals may constitute a war crime," says Colville, sticking to the UN rights office's policy of leaving definite legal judgements to courts.

Last update: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 12:48

More from World

Monitor: 14 civilians killed in bombing of key Syrian rebel area

At least 14 civilians were killed on Sunday in a series of airstrikes by unidentified jets on the major rebel...

Reports: Vietnamese floods kill 13

At least 13 people have been reported dead in central Vietnam's most recent spate of floodings.

Indonesian rescuers recover human remains from crashed police plane

Indonesia's national search and rescue agency said on Sunday that it has retrieved the remains of victims killed in...

Fidel Castro to be laid to rest in Santiago de Cuba

Fidel Castro, who led Cuba through five decades of revolution, resistance and repression, will be laid to rest on...

Four dead in Gaza-Egypt border tunnel after flooding causes collapse

Four men who had gone missing after an illegal smuggling tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip with Egypt collapsed on...